COVID-19: Kano’s Positivity rate drops to less than 1% ….As 20,000 cadres trained
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
According a statistics Kano’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped from 7.3 percent from the beginning of the pandemic to less than 1 percent recently.
The Deputy Technical Coordinator of the State Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sabitu Shu’aibu Shanono, disclosed this during a media briefing by the State Task Force, at Africa House, Government House, Kano, on Tuesday.
According to Dr Shanono, Kano State has seen the beginning, the peak of COVID-19 and now the state is witnessing a decline in positive cases of the virus.
Shanono added the state’s positive cases of COVID-19 are largely contained within a particular geographical space, as the 83 percent of the active cases are within the eight metropolitan local government areas of the state.
According to him, from March to April there were 1,700 tested samples, in May there were 4,600 tested samples, there were 14,000 tested cases in June.
However, Dr Shanono, who represented the Techinal Coordinator, Kano Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed that the state has trained over 20000 cadres in its bid to stem the Coronavirus pandemic.
Those trained include health workers, lab technicians, religious and traditional leaders, journalists, among other personnel placed at all the point of entry of the state.
Dr Shanono said: “We have trained over 20,000 people of different cadres in our communities, including health workers, lab technicians, traditional and religious leaders, and journalists.
“Out of this number over 9,000 are health workers, while media professionals and community leaders, amongst others, constitute over 9,000 also from the total number of the trainees, who were mostly trained in infection prevention and control.”
He, however, assured that Kano’s COVID-19 pandemic is under control and called on the people of the state to continue supporting the state government in the fight against the pandemic.
Shanono added: “Yet we have two problem which I clude contact tracing and people’s resistance to divulge information, despite all the efforts to mitigate stigma among the public.
“I am calling on the people of Kano State to continue observe all the protocols provided by health professionals.”
In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said that the state government has provided all the needed infrastractural facilities in the fight against the diseaee.
The governor thanked the Almighty Allah and the state Task Force on COVID-19 for their unrelenting efforts in the fight against the disease.
Ganduje said: “We have to thank the Almighty Allah for Kano State is witnessing a steady decline in the number of positive cases of the virus. I am using this opportunity to call on the people of Kano State to intensify prayers.”
Speaking on behalf of the state Task Force on COVID-19, the state Commissioner for Information, said the third batch of pallaitive distribution will soon commence as individuals and organizations have continued to donate.
Muhammadu Garba said: “We assure the people of Kano State that the third batch of the distribution of pallaitive for another 50,000 households will soon commence. Individuals and organizations have continued to contribute. We will be as transparent as possible in discharging our duty.”
The State Deputy Governor and Chairmen of the Task Force, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, assured the governor that all hands are significantly on deck in responding to the pandemic.
Gawuna, on behalf of the Task Force expressed gratitude to the governor for the quality and exemplary leadership he (the Ganduje) has demonstrated.
Gawuna said: “Your Excellency it is necessary for us to always acknowledge your unrelenting support and commitment in responding to this situation.
“Our aim is now to continue to concentrate on the vulnerables. We are also thanking the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for their contribution in new Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) located at Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH).”